Family Gathering/Housewarming #3

So after the busy summer events for everyone, our amazing family finally had some down time. The remainder of our aunts, uncles, and cousins that haven’t had a chance to come see the new house, came over for dinner on Sunday.

We made a feast. I bought some steaks and sausages from Costco that we BBQ’d up. So this was another opportunity to pull out some Pinterest recipes and try them out. I was unfortunately too busy and forgot to grab photos before serving the food. So photos are a courtesy from the original website/blog.

We served these sides:

1) Costco: Super Kale Salad.

2) Thai Peanut Slaw.

http://www.theyummylife.com/Thai_Peanut_Slaw

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Super easy to make. I would say it tasted good enough for a wrap, but I wanted to kick it up a notch. I ended up making an extra batch of our usual peanut sauce recipe and added it to the salad. Delicious. Huge batch all gone in two days! Yum.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/10658-peanut-sauce

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3) Rigatoni Pasta

Okay well I used this recipe, however I did NOT make the fancy pie form. I just made it into a regular casserole dish. The recipe is delicious and everyone seemed to like it a lot. It was easy to make bulk and have tons of leftover for lunches.

http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/rigatoni-pasta-pie/c4541dd0-7213-462a-8839-f72500903452

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4) Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado

This was easy to make as well, however I needed to cook it longer than 1 hour as the recipe suggested. I made it the night before and just popped on the slow cooker a few hours before dinner. I however should have followed the recipe’s instructions when it came to the amount chipotle I added to it. It was definitely way too spicy for me and a few others. I’ll have to find a way to lighten the spice level for the amount of leftovers I have. But easy to freeze the bunch if we don’t get through it.

http://cookieandkate.com/2012/butternut-squash-chipotle-chili-with-avocado/

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We served these as desserts:

1) Coconut Date Truffle

Pretty easy and delicious. The hardest part getting them to stick together while you roll them into a ball. Also you need a really good food processor. Stays well in the fridge.

http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/healthy-snack-recipes-00412000084355/page18.html?crlt.pid=camp.41FSf1wqMtLV

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2)Blueberry Filled Angel Food Cupcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream.

Delicious and easy. If your in a pinch just get pre-made angel good cake mix and blueberry jam. Then make the icing.

http://www.safeeggs.com/recipes/blueberry-filled-angel-food-cupcakes-with-lemon-whipped-cream-recipe

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Happy Eating. Throw some more dinners and experiment some new recipes on your dinner guest! So much fun!

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